MiMEP Parent Leadership Team (PLT) Gathers Virtually to Discuss Vital Topics and Mental Health Awareness

We are thrilled to share the highlights from the recent Parent Leadership Team (PLT) meeting held on November 9, 2023. This gathering, teleconferenced across the state, brought together representatives from various regions, including Western Michigan Fruit Ridge Regional, Shelby Area, Van Buren ISD, Northwest Education Services, Mid-Michigan Area, and several individual sites.  There were approximately 80-90 families that attended throughout the state.


PLT Steering Committee Members:

The PLT Steering Committee, composed of dedicated individuals from different regions, played a crucial role in steering the discussions and initiatives. We extend our appreciation to:


  • Michelle Mattson (MDE)
  • Nancy Jurado (Mid-Michigan Migrant Education Program)
  • Abby Teasley (Grand Haven)
  • Alma Martinez (Coopersville)
  • Sara Ledesma, Angie Gutierrez, Sarita Collins (Van Buren ISD)


Their commitment to the cause of migrant education is commendable and drives the success of the PLT’s endeavors.


Mental Health Focus: Secret Feelings Booklet Discussion:

One of the key highlights of the meeting was the insightful discussion led by Michelle Mattson, Migrant Education Consultant from the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Educational Supports – Special Populations Unit. The focus was on mental health, specifically centered around the “Secret Feelings” booklet.


Discussion Questions: What is Mental Health? ¿Qué es la Salud Mental?

  • What does mental health mean for your family? ¿Qué significa la salud mental para su familia?
  • What are the symptoms of mental health problems you have seen in family or friends? ¿Cuáles son los síntomas de los problemas con la salud mental que usted ha visto en amigos o familia?


Secret Feelings/Sentimientos Secretos:

  • Why is it important to talk about depression? ¿Por qué es importante hablar de la depresión?
  • Where can I find more information about depression? ¿Dónde puedo obtener más información acerca de la depresión?
  • Where can I find mental health services? ¿Dónde puedo encontrar servicios de salud mental?


Immediate Help Resources:

The meeting also highlighted immediate help resources, emphasizing the importance of seeking assistance when needed. Here are some valuable contacts:


  • 1-800-662-HELP (4357) SAMHSA National Helpline, 24/7, 365 days a year samhsa.gov
  • 211 or 844-875-9211 Michigan, 24/7, 365 days a year mi211.org
  • 988 Suicide Prevention and Crisis Line, 24/7, 365 days a year 988lifeline.org
  • 1-888-733-7753 MI Peer Support Line, 7 days a week, 10 am-2 pm
  • 1-833-SIAYUDA(7429832) MDHHS Farmworker Hotline ncfh.org


These resources are crucial in times of need, providing support for mental health and well-being.


Moving Forward:

The MiMEP PLT remains committed to addressing the holistic needs of migrant families. We encourage open conversations about mental health and the utilization of available resources. Together, we can create a supportive environment for all members of our community.


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